Category Archives: Awards, Contests, and Programs

An alumni’s special gift to SPEA (:

Pictured below from left to right: Ahmad Abazari D19 (D19 Representative), Dr. Kathryn Ragalis (Advisor), Stefane Bourguignon D20 (Secretary), Dr. Huw Thomas (Dean of TUSDM), Dr. Steve Rubin (Advisor), Lauren Hagspiel D19 (Vice President), Ashley Mullaney D19 (Treasurer), Ian Dickinson D19 (President), Jesse Huston D19 (Member at Large)

Tufts Alumni Loves Ethics!

Last month the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) received a generous donation from TUSDM alumnae Dr. Janice Conrad, who sent a check with the award money from winning the Thomas Winkler Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Dentistry.

If you haven’t heard of SPEA (or the ACD), we are an organization focused on encouraging, maintaining, and promoting the further learning of ethical and professional behavior in the dental profession. SPEA is your friendly liaison for ethical queries or when you want policy changes at Tufts.

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Publish Your Personal Statement!

Helen Yang, a recently graduated dentist, is working on a book to help pre-dental students apply for school. Her team is compiling a book filled with a selection of really strong dental school personal statements to help pre-docs with this crucial step of the dental school application. They would love to have a strong representation from Tufts.

Read on if you want to be published in this exciting project! The deadline to submit is Monday, June 19!

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HPSP Senior Send Off!

 

The Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) student organization is structured to support those pre-doctoral students who, through military sponsorship, are committed to serving their country both as a dental professional and a military officer. HPSP proudly presents our 8 graduated D17s, our newest captains and lieutenants! HPSP had organized a senior night to celebrate and recognize our graduated 4th years and our faculty/student members who have military ties.

Our D17s showed amazing dedication, compassion, and leadership throughout their years at TUSDM, and there is no doubt that they will succeed not only as dentists, but as military officers. We’re incredibly excited for them as they embark their new journey in their designated military bases. You guys will be missed! Thank you for your service!

Army:
Patrick Hoye
Lejla Tupkovic

Navy:
Ashley Wallace
Kyu Choi
Tom Vu
Jimmy Assad
Alex Sukys

Air Force:
Mitchell Tossberg-Wilson

Senior night PC: Kevin Campbell (D18)
D17 US Army commissioning ceremony at Fenway Park
D17 US Navy commissioning ceremony on the USS Constitution

Letter to the TUSDM Class of 2017 from Dr. Yun Saksena


Dear IS’17s and D’17s,

Congratulations for your graduation!  You’ve reached this huge milestone through hard work and determination!

  • You were the first class we had for book groups. Remember the lessons from Henrietta Lacks. Some of you were really shy back then. Being part of your professional development has been a privilege.
  • Many of you​ really stepped up to help your “littles” transition into clinic, going above and beyond, ​especially when the D’19​s needed help in the IDP 3 workshops doing exams on one another. TAs or not, you gave up your time and taught them something to make their lives easier. ​Thank you so much!

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Class of 2017 Senior Awards!

Class of 2017 Senior Awards!
ENDODONTICS
GENERAL DENTISTRY
BASIC SCIENCES
IMPLANTOLOGY
ORAL PATHOLOGY
ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
ORTHODONTICS
PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
PERIODONTOLOGY
PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY
RECOGNITION FOR LEADERSHIP
RECOGNITION FOR ETHICS, PROFESSIONALISM AND CITIZENSHIP
RECOGNITION FOR ACHIEVEMENT AND DISTINCTION IN RESEARCH
RECOGNITION FOR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND DISTINCTION

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Congratulations Saam Bozorg (D19), Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition Finalist!

Huge congratulations and recognition to Saam Bozorg (D19), who has been working diligently on the development of a biosensor product for the past several months. This past April, Saam and his team made it to the finals of the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition, which is organized by the Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Tufts University. The annual competition draws entries from alumni, faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students from across the university. Teams compete for prizes and in-kind services totaling more than $100,000 in three tracks: healthcare and life science, social impact and general/high-tech. Saam and his team were awarded the Stephen & Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary award for $5,000. Their product, UCHU, is a biosensor attached to a tooth that passively measures nutrition intake, including calories, carbs, protein, and fat. Users can set goals and use real time nutritional data viewed in an app to adjust their diets to meet those goals. Enjoy meals, track health, and ditch the activity log! Congratulations Saam and good luck at this year’s upcoming Mass Challenge!

Tufts Presidential Award Winners: Alexis Irby (D17) and Lauren Vargas (D17)

Huge congratulations to Tufts Presidential Award Winners, Alexis Irby (D17) who was nominated by Dr. Holland, and Lauren Vargas (D17) who was nominated by Dr. Correa!! The Presidential Award for Civic Life award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students from across Tufts University for outstanding achievement in community service and community leadership. They were selected by Dean Thomas and awarded this prestigious honor by President Monaco  and Dean Solomont, Tisch College for Civic Life.

We are so proud!! (: